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Marshall Bjorklund, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound center who averaged 21 points and 15 rebounds for Sibley East (Minn.) High School as a junior last season, has verbally committed to play basketball at North Dakota State.

Marshall Bjorklund, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound center who averaged 21 points and 15 rebounds for Sibley East (Minn.) High School as a junior last season, has verbally committed to play basketball at North Dakota State.

Bjorklund said NDSU's agricultural program was a big reason he chose the Bison over schools like South Dakota State and Northern Iowa.

Bjorklund caught the attention of numerous college recruiters while playing AAU ball for the Minnesota Magic last spring. In a Denver tournament which the Magic won, Bjorklund scored 20 points in one game and led the team in rebounding.

"That's when a lot of college started showing interest," said Magic coach John Sherman.

While getting scholarship offers from SDSU and Northern Illinois, Bjorklund was also getting looks from Butler, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Gonzaga, Colorado State and Colorado - a school where his sister was an All-American center. Tera Bjorklund went on to play in the WNBA for the Colorado Sting in 2004.

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Bjorklund, who will officially sign a national letter of intent in November, will be a senior for a Sibley East team that went 21-5 last year. Sibley East is located in Arlington, Minn. - north of Mankato and southwest of the Twin Cities.

Read more about Bjorklund in Saturday's Forum sports section.

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